The Global Great Game: America, Europe, China and 21st Century Geopolitics with Parag Khanna.
Grand explanations of how to understand the complex twenty-first century world have all fallen short-until now.
In The Second World: Empires and Influence in the New Global Order, Parag Khanna shows how America's dominant moment has quickly been replaced by a geopolitical marketplace where the European Union and China compete with the U.S. to shape world order on their own terms.
The primary battlefield is the Second World, regions lying between the three leading empires and the third world: Eastern Europe, Central Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, and East Asia.
Second World countries could rise into the first world or fall into the third-their future is precarious and uncertain, but their resources are the critical assets for the three expanding superpowers.
Whoever dominates the second world will lead the 21st century and Khanna argues that America itself runs the risk of descending into the second world if it does not renew itself and redefine its role in the world- New America Foundation
Steve Clemons is Washington editor at large for The Atlantic and editor of Atlantic Live. He writes frequently about politics and foreign affairs.
Clemons is a senior fellow and the founder of the American Strategy Program at the New America Foundation, a centrist think tank in Washington, D.C., where he previously served as executive vice president. He writes and speaks frequently about the D.C. political scene, foreign policy, and national security issues, as well as domestic and global economic-policy challenges.
Parag Khanna is Director of the Global Governance Initiative and Senior Research Fellow in the American Strategy Program at the New American Foundation. He is author of The Second World: Empires and Influence in the New Global Order (Random House, 2008).
During 2007 he was a senior geopolitical advisor to United States Special Operations Forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. From 2002-5, he was the Global Governance Fellow at the Brookings Institution, managing the World Economic Forum’s Global Governance Initiative, an independent, international project to assess the level of effort and cooperation among governments, the private sector, civil society and international organizations in implementing the United Nations Millennium Declaration.
From 2000-2002 he worked at the Forum in Geneva, where he specialized in scenario and risk planning.
Prior to joining the WEF, Parag was a Research Associate at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, conducting research projects on terrorism, conflict resolution in Central Asia, U.S. policy towards South Asia and defense policy.
He holds a Bachelor of Science in International Affairs and a minor in Philosophy from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, a Masters Degree from Georgetown’s Security Studies Program, and is earning a PhD in International Relations at the London School of Economics. He also studied at the Freie Universitaet Berlin.
Parag's essays and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post, Financial Times, Harper’s, Policy Review, The National Interest, Foreign Policy, Los Angeles Times, Prospect (U.K.), Slate.com, The New Republic, Survival (U.K.), Current History, GOOD, Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, New Statesman (U.K.), Strategy+Business, Washington Times, Daily Star (Lebanon), Indian Express, India Today, OpenDemocracy.net (U.K.), TheGlobalist.com, and Correspondence. He has been featured on CNN, BBC, Al Jazeera International, National Public Radio (NPR), Doordarshan (India), MTV Desi and other media.
His travel writing has covered countries including Russia, Lebanon, Cambodia, Turkey, and Pakistan. He has coined or pioneered such terms as Geodiplomacy, Bollystan, Second World, and Multi-Americanism.
Having traveled in close to 100 countries, Parag is a member of the Explorers Club. He had been a Next Generation Fellow of the American Assembly (2007-8), Visiting Fellow at the Lee Kwan Yew School of Public Policy in Singapore (2006), Non-Resident Associate of the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy at Georgetown University (2004-5), and a Visiting Fellow at the Observer Research Foundation in New Delhi, India (2004). In 2002 he was awarded the OECD Future Leaders Prize. He speaks German, Hindi, French, Spanish, and basic Arabic.
Parag Khanna, author of The Second World, compares the diplomatic styles of China, Europe and the United States, and defends his assertion that they are - and will remain in the near future - the only superpowers in the world.
Parag Khanna and Steven Clemons agree that of the three global superpowers the U.S. is the only one that leverages military power to exert influence, while Europe and China rely heavily on their economic clout.